JDSU Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
171 Reviews
2.8
171 Reviews
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
Thomas Waechter
98 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also good work life balance and in some groups you can work remotely for a few days a week (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Employees are overworked - no work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers (in 10 reviews)

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    Sr Desktop Support

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    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Desktop Support in San Jose, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Salary and Benefits, I enjoyed working with the Staff and employees,

    Cons

    Horrible Global IT Management from Europe, Horrible IT Director management from San Jose, Horrible Local Teamwork within IT department in San Jose

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve one-on-one communication with each person on your team, define specific expectations, don't play favoritism with team, always get your facts straight from both sides of the story before delegating information

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Ambiguous company direction.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people. Good compensation. Company treats it's employees well.

    Cons

    Not sure if the company really knew where they were going. Constant management changeups. Frequently changing message to the engineers. Made it hard to stay motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Up and down

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    Current Employee - Security Pigment Recon  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Security Pigment Recon in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    benefits are ok
    like who I work with

    Cons

    management seems lost and way to busy for be so top heavy here in Santa Rosa

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets layoff more six figure staff the ratio of management to employee is tilted heavily toward management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for women

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    Former Employee - Finance  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company has fairly good benefits, quite old HQ office in Milpitas. Good work / personal life balance, had chance to work from home when had to. If you negotiate upfront, salary is at par with market. On-site cafeteria, very small gym. Very nice colleagues, smart people you can learn from.

    Cons

    Good ol' boys club. Working in Corporate is highly political, women are promoted very rearly. Everything depends on the fact if you have an executive sponsorship - friendly VP who will put in a word for you, otherwise, you will die waiting for promotion.

    Negotiate your salary upfront, salary raise is not happening there either. Merit happens once in a while. Bonuses promised, but after bonus calculation you get a small portion of what was promised to you. High attrition.

     If you are an assertive smart woman with career aspirations, you are seen as threat to your male colleagues, given a hope for promotion and loaded with extra work (temporary as promised); however promotion never happens and temp assignments stay with you forever. Some senior managment is clearly lacking experience, you are expected to train them. Be aware of annual reviews: nitpicking and back stabbing is a norm.

    Going to review meetings with executive management is seen as an opportunity to show that you are a part of the decision making, therefore is being coveted and reserved for directors and above only. Even if they can't explain details of your work due to lack of understanding.

    Corporate vanity fair at it worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Big Company with a ton of Resources

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Big company so lots of politics to deal with. Upper Management can't seem to get it together especially when dealing with the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every territory works the same way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Small company trying to look big

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -The work from home is a perk
    -free gym, benefits are decent, always work to be done

    Cons

    Workload is heavy
    Understaffed
    Leadership team that doesn't make concrete decisions.
    Internal promotions are hard to come by

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop waffling and make some decisions. Promote within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Buys small companies and outsources them to make more money

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator  in  Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Big company, lots of cash flow. Did provide a decent severance to those who were displaced.

    Cons

    Don't seem to care about employees. Climate in the the Germantown MD. facility is toxic (figuratively speaking)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Very competitive and at time Chaotic

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    Former Employee - Makreting Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Makreting Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High tech, good industry, learning

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, no clear vision, to many chefs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great flexibility, Good work environment

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work environment is pretty good. You get a lot of flexibility. Good life/work balance.

    Cons

    The jobs are not challenging. Your ideas are not being considered. Some times, the projects gets end up using primitive technologies. There are no processes in place. Unable to get more projects. Existing projects are getting expired/closed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    very competitive salaries

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, great products. Good work environment.

    Cons

    politics. A lot of continuous chatter and anxiety of loosing jobs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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